California Business Asks Minimum Wage Freeze

In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis and the havoc that the global pandemic is wreaking on the American economy, California business groups have called on Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the next installment in the gradual raising of the California minimum wage. When the $15/hour wage law passed in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown…

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Senate OKs “CARES” Act, House Votes Today

The US Senate yesterday finally passed the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) by a rare bipartisan and unanimous vote, but the unprecedented stimulus bill faces some challenges in the US House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi originally had hoped to pass the legislation by unanimous consent (avoiding recalling the House…

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Vermont Overrides Minimum Wage Veto

Last week, the Vermont state legislature formally overrode a veto by Governor Phil Scott of legislation mandating another increase in the state minimum wage to over $12 per hour by 2022. The legislation, which is now law, provides for increasing the minimum wage from $10.96 to $11.75 next year and then to $12.55 by 2022.…

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New Impetus for $15/hour Minimum Wage

With former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg participating in the Democratic Presidential debate in Nevada this week, his position on issues the democrats have been debating may provide more impetus for their consideration. As a case in point, let’s look at the question of increasing the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15/hour. Although…

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Virginia Moving Minimum Wage Bill

On a party-line vote last week, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 55-45 to pass HB 395, a bill that will increase the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $15 by July 1, 2023. The legislation moved through the lower chamber at lightning legislative speed and is now pending in the state…

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RI Senate Approves $1 Minimum Wage Increase

For the second straight year, the Rhode Island state senate has passed a new increase in the state minimum wage that could take effect on October 1, 2020 – just over one month before Election Day. The proposal, which increases the current state minimum of $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour, must still pass…

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Ohio Petition Clears Two Hurdles

A constitutional amendment pending in Ohio moved two notches closer to the ballot this week as Attorney General David Yost approved the summary language of the proposal and state election officials certified the initial 1,000 voter signatures.  As we advised just last week, the “Raise the Wage Ohio Amendment” would increase the current $8.70 state…

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Fight for $15 Aims At Delaware Next

As legislators in Delaware returned to the state house in Dover last week, they were met by a group of labor activists demanding that the legislators increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour. Fight for $15, the advocacy group funded by the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), held a rally at the state house seeking…

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Minnesota Court Upholds Local $15 Wage

Three years ago, the city of Minneapolis adopted its own local minimum wage in excess of the state minimum with a phase-in schedule bring the local wage to $15 per hour through the year 2024. Two days ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that ordinance against a challenge brought by manufacturing company, Graco.  The international…

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Ohio Advocates Pushing Wage Ballot Question

Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with…

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